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    Donald Trump is poised to do great harm to US cities (but not for the reasons you might think)

Donald Trump is poised to do great harm to US cities (but not for the reasons you might think)

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American cities collectively hold about $3.7 trillion in bonds, which have historically been used to fund capital expenditures. In recent years, however, bond issuers have been strategically leveraging municipalities’ debts via derivatives, which have introduced systemic risk into the municipal finance system. L. Owen Kirkpatrick writes that the Trump administration’s stated desire to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act may speed […]

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    In neighborhoods that struggle economically, supporting community cohesion is key to the formation of Business Improvement Districts

In neighborhoods that struggle economically, supporting community cohesion is key to the formation of Business Improvement Districts

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Businesse Improvement Districts or BIDs have become an important part of most downtown areas in US cities, having beneficial impacts on crime rates and property values. But, if BIDs are so beneficial, then why do some not emerge in certain neighborhoods? In a new study on BID formation in Los Angeles, Wonhyung Lee finds that poorer communities and those […]

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    In Los Angeles, the geography of where people work has been experiencing rapid change.

In Los Angeles, the geography of where people work has been experiencing rapid change.

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Just as cities are places where people live, they are also places where they work. But does where people work in cities remain stable over time? In new research focusing on Los Angeles, Kevin Kane and the UC-Irvine Metropolitan Futures Initiative look at changes in where jobs are located between 1997 and 2014. They find that over the study […]

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    Arts industries do not cause gentrification- they tend to chase it.

Arts industries do not cause gentrification- they tend to chase it.

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Gentrification has been long thought to be sparked by artists and artistic businesses that move into poorer areas. But new research from Carl Grodach, Nicole Foster, and James Murdoch finds that we need to rewrite the story of arts-led gentrification. In a study of the 30 largest US metros, they find that art industries generally do not cause gentrification […]

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    How states make their own air pollution somebody else’s problem

How states make their own air pollution somebody else’s problem

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For now, one of the unfortunate byproducts of an industrial economy is air pollution, but states can often reap the benefits of industry and production while forcing other states to bear the costs. In a new study of tens of thousands of air polluters in the US, James E. Monogan III, David M. Konisky, and Neal D. Woods find that […]

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    After the Great Recession, many low and middle-income households are struggling to pay the rent.

After the Great Recession, many low and middle-income households are struggling to pay the rent.

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Despite growth in the US economy after the Great Recession, more than half of households that rent pay more than 30 percent of their income towards their accommodation. In new research, Gregg Colburn and Ryan Allen find that major differences in rent burden between households are likely due to income, geography, and household size. With more households renting, they […]

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    Despite Brexit and Trump, London and New York real estate will remain a safe deposit box for transnational wealth elites

Despite Brexit and Trump, London and New York real estate will remain a safe deposit box for transnational wealth elites

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The flow of money from the super-rich or wealth elites into real estate in global cities like London and New York have left analysts wondering whether this is a temporary surge or a deeper transformation of real estate markets. The rebellion against globalization, illustrated by Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, makes this an even more pressing issue. […]

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    The Carrier deal: Trump has won a battle, but is losing the war

The Carrier deal: Trump has won a battle, but is losing the war

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Last week, President-elect Donald Trump announced that a deal had been struck for the Carrier Corporation to keep about 1,000 manufacturing jobs in the US rather than move them to Mexico. Laura A. Reese and Gary Sands write that the subsidy deal – despite the positive reaction – should not become a model for the Trump administration’s jobs policies. […]

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    Retail churn can bring both volatility and vitality to a neighborhood

Retail churn can bring both volatility and vitality to a neighborhood

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Local neighborhoods seldom remain static – but why do some have a greater turnover of retailers than others? And can excessive retail churn be a bad thing? Using New York business data, Rachel Meltzer investigates these questions, finding that bigger households and higher shares of white residents are most strongly associated with less retail churn, as are having more […]

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    Nonprofit housing dispersal strategies to help the homeless can increase quality of life when placed in diverse and more affluent communities

Nonprofit housing dispersal strategies to help the homeless can increase quality of life when placed in diverse and more affluent communities

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Where we live can have a huge influence on our social and economic wellbeing – but what happens when that housing is precarious? In new research, Geraldine Palmer examines housing dispersal strategies – historically used to improve the quality of life for public housing residents – by nonprofit providers to address homelessness. She finds that the built environment (in […]

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